I'm cleaning my studio really thoroughly this month. Yesterday, when I started to pin images back on to my freshly painted design wall, I was disappointed with how blah my plain clear plastic push pins looked. I've seen the pretty glass magnets that people make from glass drops and images, so I thought I'd try creating some push pins the same way. It was easy, and I'm really happy with how they turned out! You can try it too.
Things you'll need:
- some pretty magazines
- white glue, acrylic medium, or any acrylic adhesive that dries clear
- flat headed metal push pins
- clear glass drops
- 5 minute adhesive, the kind that comes in two tubes
1. go through your magazines, and pick some small, pretty images. High contrast, simple, graphic motifs like this one work best.
2. using the glass drop as a template, draw around your images.
3. cut out the images
4. assemble your glue, cut outs, and glass drops.
5. apply a small drop of glue to the back of the glass drop, and spread around, making sure the whole surface is covered. Press the image onto the glue, carefully pressing out all the bubbles.
6. Set aside and let dry.
7. Mix your 5 minute epoxy according to the package directions. Messy and smelly! Use rubber gloves and open the window! Working quickly, cover the back of the pushpin with a big drop of epoxy, and press on to the back of the glass drop. Don't touch it again! Allow it to set - I left mine over night. Done!
I got excited and glued some other things to my push pins, like sea shells, beach glass, and these ceramic "buddha buttons" that I made in December. My new design wall is going to be so pretty!
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